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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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TED Talks
Oct 30, 2019 TED.com
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For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, education, language, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 30, 2019 TED.com
movies
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favorite 2
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In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, business, culture, psychology, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 30, 2018 TED.com
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Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.
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Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, math, music, performance, TEDYouth 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Feb 5, 2018 TED.com
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eye 307
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Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he shares a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, brain, consciousness, development, mind, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
Dec 7, 2016 TED.com
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eye 330
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Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures" which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
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Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, brain, design, education, invention, mental health, science,...
TED Talks
Nov 21, 2016 John Hauser
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This spreadsheet is an index to the tedtalks collection on Internet Archive showing derived MPEG2 duration/run time as well as other metadata about individual items. Useful for determining which tedtalks can be fit into a 30 or 60 minute programming block.
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Topics: TedTalks, Index
TED Talks
Nov 16, 2015 TED.com
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eye 447
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Daniel Kraft demos his Marrow Miner -- a new device that quickly harvests life-saving bone marrow with minimal pain to the donor. He emphasizes that the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions, from Parkinson's to heart diseas
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, biology, biotech, health, health care, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
May 13, 2015 TED.com
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eye 171
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Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family -- and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya's parliament.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, global issues, media, politics, technology,...
TED Talks
Jan 21, 2015 TED.com
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favorite 2
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Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED1998, TED, Talks, Christianity, God, death, faith, religion, technology, 1998
TED Talks
Nov 8, 2014 TED.com
movies
eye 351
favorite 0
comment 1
Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, medicine, religion, science, writing, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
May 30, 2014 TED.com
movies
eye 2,680
favorite 3
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"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, mental health, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
May 26, 2014 TED.com
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eye 1,145
favorite 2
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Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, memory, psychology, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
May 24, 2014 TED.com
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eye 527
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Think you know a thing or two about sex? Think again. In this fascinating talk, biologist Carin Bondar lays out the surprising science behind how animals get it on.
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Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, biology, sex, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
May 20, 2014 TED.com
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Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, astronomy, biology, cognitive science, cosmos, evolution,...
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, culture, demo, entertainment, 2005
TED Talks
Mar 6, 2014 TED.com
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Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, creativity, design, invention, technology, TED2004, 2004
TED Talks
Feb 11, 2014 TED.com
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eye 316
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Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, global issues, photography, science, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
movies
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John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, computers, creativity, design, humor, leadership,...
TED Talks
Jan 10, 2014 TED.com
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Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.
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Topics: TEDTalks, Serious Play 2008, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, entertainment, happiness, 2008
TED Talks
Jan 10, 2014 TED.com
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In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. ( Filmed at TEDxSydney .)
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, live music, music, TEDxSydney, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 463
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comment 1
The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusi
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, evolution, neuroscience, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 3,074
favorite 1
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Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it shows the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, innovation, invention, photography, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 23, 2013 TED.com
movies
eye 734
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comment 1
The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, global issues, history, medicine, technology, war, 2008
TED Talks
Oct 11, 2013 TED.com
movies
eye 1,147
favorite 2
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Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, God, atheism, culture, politics, religion, science, 2002
TED Talks
Oct 4, 2013 TED.com
movies
eye 1,091
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Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, dance, entertainment, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 13, 2012 TED.com
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eye 801
favorite 2
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At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, men, women, 2010
TED Talks
Nov 8, 2012 TED.com
movies
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Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, brain, culture, society, 2011
TED Talks
Oct 5, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 1,076
favorite 1
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After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, personal growth, self, storytelling, success, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
movies
eye 115
favorite 0
comment 0
As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz explores the creative intelligence of the city's residents and offers a fresh perspective on what we can learn from places of scarcity.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, design, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 279
favorite 1
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Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, children, culture, parenting, psychology, social change, youth,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 225
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Photojournalist James Nachtwey sees his TED Prize wish come true, as we share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that's touching off a global medical crisis. Learn how to help at http://www.xdrtb.org
Topics: TEDTalks, TED Prize Wish, TED, Talks, TED Prize, arts, communication, design, media, photography,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 1,354
favorite 0
comment 0
In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, culture, language, psychology, science, 2005
TED Talks
movies
eye 239
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Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he say, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, journalism, law, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
movies
eye 247
favorite 0
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After he ended up on a watch list by accident, Hasan Elahi was advised by his local FBI agents to let them know when he was traveling. He did that and more ... much more.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, data, security, war, web, 2011
In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates—then engaged—took a walk on a beach in Zanzibar, and made a bold decision on how they would make sure that their wealth from Microsoft went back into society. In a conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as about their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their wealth away.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, philanthropy, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
movies
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Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect. Speech scientist Rupal Patel wanted to do something about this, and in this wonderful talk she shares her work to engineer unique voices for the voiceless.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, science, technology, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 458
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In the developing world, access to incubators is limited by cost and distance, and millions of premature babies die each year. TED Fellow Jane Chen shows an invention that could keep millions of these infants warm -- a design that's safe, portable, low-cost and life-saving.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, design, entrepreneur, health, innovation, invention, medicine,...
TED Talks
movies
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If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we'd all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way -- some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right -- and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, politics, society, TEDSalon NY2012, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 569
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Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries spliced together on video. Now, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir (assembled from three local colleges) for an epic performance of Whitacre's "Cloudburst," based on a poem by Octavio Paz.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, collaboration, community, entertainment, live music, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
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Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, community, morality, science, TEDxPeachtree, 2011
TED Talks
movies
eye 314
favorite 1
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As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you and how it affects your online life. He unveils a Firefox add-on to do just that.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
movies
eye 3,891
favorite 0
comment 0
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, bullseye, business, entrepreneur, leadership, sales, selling, success,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 559
favorite 1
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3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, industrial design, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 168
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Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, DNA, MacArthur grant, complexity, computers, short talk, 2007
TED Talks
movies
eye 222
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In a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people togeth
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, media, news, politics, third world, war, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
movies
eye 519
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Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Beijing-based artist is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and center — and completely unseen. He aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, china, global issues, photography, politics, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
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In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, marketing, shopping, storytelling, 2003
TED Talks
movies
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favorite 2
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Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, arts, environment, global issues, photography, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 344
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We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, anthropology, humanity, love, psychology, social media, society, technology,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 325
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Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, death, history, humanity, philosophy, TEDxBratislava, 2013
TED Talks
movies
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Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, live music, music, performance, short talk, 2004
TED Talks
movies
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At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, Africa, creativity, energy, invention, poverty, 2009
TED Talks
movies
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In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64. Hear her story.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, aging, culture, extreme sports, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
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Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, inequality, money, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
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The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robo
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, art, robots, science, social media, tedx, TEDxBerkeley, 2012
TED Talks
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What's the science behind a sublime perfume? With charm and precision, biophysicist Luca Turin explains the molecular makeup -- and the art -- of a scent.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, beauty, happiness, materials, science, technology, 2005
TED Talks
movies
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How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel's surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent -- and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, culture, dance, performance art, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
eye 198
favorite 1
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Sugar pills, injections of nothing -- studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, entertainment, illusion, magic, medicine, play, science, 2009
TED Talks
movies
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Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cosmos, physics, science, universe, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
movies
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Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDIndia 2009, TED, Talks, Asia, Slavery, children, global issues, poverty, sex,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 1,403
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Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.)
Topics: TEDTalks, INK Conference, TED, Talks, design, medical research, science, visualizations, 2010
TED Talks
movies
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Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, genetics, paleontology, science, 2011
TED Talks
movies
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Artist Nathalie Miebach takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody the forces of nature and time. These sculptures then become musical scores for a string quartet to play.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, data, visualizations, 2011
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Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, philosophy, psychology, self, success, TED2014, 2014
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Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, MacArthur grant, bacteria, biology, communication, disease, evolution,...
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Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, history, museums, TEDxMet, 2013
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In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion -- with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, children, health, medicine, TEDxDU 2010, 2010
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Chris Domas is a cybersecurity researcher, operating on what’s become a new front of war, "cyber." In this engaging talk, he shows how researchers use pattern recognition and reverse engineering (and pull a few all-nighters) to understand a chunk of binary code whose purpose and contents they don't know.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, security, software, technology, war, TEDxColumbus, 2013
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Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren’t just a footnote or a pathology. At TEDxWomen, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxWomen 2011, TED, Talks, aging, culture, health, 2011
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Too often, says David Agus cancer treatments have a short-sighted focus on individual cells. He suggests a new, cross-disciplinary approach, using atypical drugs, computer modeling and protein analysis to diagnose and treat the whole body.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, cancer, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2009
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We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, science, sex, TEDMED 2012, 2012
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Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, computers, engineering, history, library, military, science,...
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Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, environment, green, nature, plastic, product design, technology, TEDGlobal...
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“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says,...
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, innovation, investment, science, technology, telecom, TED2014,...
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Batch to batch, crust to crust ... In tribute to the beloved staple food, baking master Peter Reinhart reflects on the cordial couplings (wheat and yeast, starch and heat) that give us our daily bread. Try not to eat a slice.
Topics: TEDTalks, Taste3 2008, TED, Talks, art, book, chemistry, death, food, life, love, science, 2008